Category Archives: home grown

Want on the jam and jelly list?

Returning home from work yesterday, Joanne mentioned to me that we may see a few additional hits on TwoBigCats from co-workers who may want to sign up for our jam and jelly (Goodies 🙂 list.

Let me say that, of course, if you’re a friend of TBC reading this and you’d like to receive some Goodies over the Holiday Season, please send an email and we’ll make sure you receive some, too… we make the Goodies for others and consume a remarkably small amount, ourselves.

If you’d like to be on the list, you can send us an email at twobigcats at gmail dot com, please include your name for verification purposes. Naturally, we do not charge for the goodies and ask only that you return the jars to us when you’ve emptied them – making 50+ cases of goodies each year the way we (that’d be the royal we, I guess, since I’m the go-fer these days), we buy an awful lot of jars that (we’re thinking) end up being thrown out instead of re-used again in our process.

More posts coming soon.

Are you a Campbell

At about the same period of time we’ve gotten deeper in to home canning (50+ cases of jams / jellies / liqueurs), there has been an increasing awareness of the benefits of consumers growing / eating locally grown foods. Lots of “green” reasons (carbon footprint, likely more environmentally friendly), “tomatoes taste like the tomatoes we ate as kids”, and last, when done properly under good conditions, it seems to be more cost-effective.

As we were dealing with getting rid of our excess fruit production a few years ago we began exchanging more of our goodies with friends and neighbors. While they didn’t have any fruit we needed (we have a pretty good variety), we did like getting some of their excess vegetable production. We got beans, squash, a few tomatoes and this year, our first lettuce from Laurel.

When my eyes began to widen a bit more on the subject (homegrown veggies / fruit), I wondered out loud if there wasn’t some form of neighborhood / community exchange for the stuff we were all growing. (We’ve attended the Campbell Farmer’s Market since ’92 or ’93… don’t remember when it began – it was on Thursdays back then, iirc.) The idea won’t leave my head, so a couple of days ago, I registered the domain with the intent of establishing an exchange / board for local folks to get in touch and share with one another, completely non-commercial. My plans / schedule aren’t fully formed yet, so I’ll let you know when I have some things rolling along.

Thanks for visiting, be well and write when you get work.